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Registered Nurse Certification in Connecticut

Registered Nurse Certification in Connecticut

The registered nurse certification in Connecticut is issued by the Department of Public Health (Connecticut Board of Nursing), which works for the betterment, safety and health of the people. It assures healthier conditions and prevents disability, injury, and diseases. Certification validates the professional credibility, clinical competence and specialized knowledge of the RNs.

Requirements to Obtain RN License

The Department of Public Health (Connecticut Board of Nursing) offers certification either by examination or endorsement.

1. By Examination

The requirements to gain certification by examination are as follows:

  • Successfully complete a nursing degree coursework. You can go for diploma, associate or bachelor degree programs. Ensure that the curriculum fulfils the standards set by the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.
  • Clear the NCLEX-RN exam (National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensing Examination- RN).
  • Requisite fee of $180 in the form of a money order or check made payable to the “Treasurer, State of Connecticut” with the completed application form.
  • Submit an official transcript verified by your nursing school describing your completion of degree or diploma in nursing.

2. By Endorsement

The applicants already licensed as a registered nurse in another U.S. state or territory may apply for an RN certification in Connecticut by endorsement. The requisites for the same are:

  • Successfully completed a state-recognized registered nurse program.
  • Submit proof of license verification, current or expired, from another U.S. state or territory where the applicant has been licensed.
  • Appropriate fee of $180 made payable to the “Treasurer, State of Connecticut” in the form of a money order or check with the completed application form.
  • Official transcript verifying the award of diploma, degree, or certificate in nursing sent directly from your nursing school.
  • If you are a foreign-trained applicant, the only option to verify your licensure is by the CGFNS.
  • If you are certified in Canada, you need to successfully accomplish the CRNE (Canadian Registered Nurse Examination) in English and obtain marks equivalent  to the current passing standards of the Connecticut (minimum 400 in every section of the CRNE examination) to get licensed by endorsement.
  • Candidates, who have finished the CRNE exam in French, are expected to qualify the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based test and 550 on the paper-based test.

Procedure to Gain RN License

1. By Examination : Here are the guidelines to obtain an RN license in Connecticut by examination.

Note: Do not submit your license application until and unless you don’t get yourself registered with the testing service, i.e., Pearson VUE.

  • Submit the official transcripts from your nursing school to the Connecticut Board of Nursing.
  • After receiving the transcripts, an ATT (Authorization to Test) will be sent to the applicant by mail or e-mail, which will have all the instructions to schedule your exam.
  • Complete and pass the NCLEX-RN exam.
  • The results will be sent directly to the applicant via mail by the Department.

2. By Endorsement

The procedure to obtain registered nurse licensure by endorsement is similar to that of acquiring certification by exam through mail.

Temporary Permit

Applicants holding a current active license in another U.S. state or territory are entitled to hold a non-renewable temporary permit valid for 120 days. Once all the requirements are met, a temporary permit is issued within 15 business days.

Note: If the nurse is holding a current active license from the state, which does not require completion of the NCLEX-RN examination, is not eligible for a temporary permit.

Renewal of RN License

All RN licenses in Connecticut expire annually and must be renewed every year. No continuing education is required for renewing the certificate. The license renewal fee is $100. A renewal notification containing your username and password will be received by you in approximately 60 days before the expiry date of the license. In case, the renewal notification is not received, the applicant is required to email to the following address and request for a renewal

The fee/amount due will be indicated in the renewal notification. In case, the username and password are not received in the notification, the applicant may request for it by dropping an email to the Department at

Note: Confirm the last 4 digits of the social security number, date of birth and license number in the request, for the licensees’ protection.

OnlineMethod to Renew Registered Nurse Certificate

It is mandatory for these professionals to renew their license. After receiving the username and password, the applicants may use the following link for online renewal of their certificate:

Inactive Status

There is no inactive status of the license in Connecticut; the certificate is either in active status or is lapsed due to non-renewal. Once a license is lapsed, the applicant would have to apply for reinstatement.

Reinstatement of a Lapsed RN License

To reinstate a lapsed license, RNs must submit the following documents:

  • A fee of $180 made payable to the “Treasurer, State of Connecticut” in the form of a check or money order must be submitted.
  • Provide a concise written summary of your professional activities, including work history (duties, dates, dates), any lapses in active practice. If you are not practicing as a nurse currently, provide a description about your plans for employment and how you aim to refresh your nursing skills.
  • Request the appropriate authority to submit a letter verifying your recent work experience in nursing, including assessment of clinical performance and dates.Note: Nurses, who have not practiced nursing for less than 5 years, but more than 3 years, are supposed to complete a refresher course and clear the NCLEX-RN exam. You can find the accredited refresher courses at the following site:

  • Request the appropriate authority in any territory, state of the U.S. or Canadian province where you are or have ever been certified as an RN to submit verification of all the certificates previously held, current or expired.Submit all the above mentioned documents to the following address:

    Connecticut Department of Public Health
    RN Licensure
    410 Capitol Avenue, MS# 12 APP
    P.O. Box 340308
    Hartford, Connecticut- 06134

Retired Nurse Licensure

Nurses retired from their profession may apply for renewal of their license and provide volunteer services.

An applicant applying for retired renewal status must meet the following requirements:

  • The applicant is retired from the profession.
  • The candidate holds an unrestricted, current nursing license.
  • The applicant’s license is in the renewal period.

You can download the application from this link:

Submit the form with a fee of $15 at the following address:

Department of Public Health
Retired Nurse Licensure-Remittance Unit
410 Capitol Avenue, MS #12MQA
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, Connecticut- 06134-0308

Duplicate License

You may request the Department to issue a duplicate license if your original certificate has lost, misplaced or stolen. The link to download the duplicate license application is provided below.

After completing the details, email the application form at

Instead of form, you can also provide your name, date of birth, profession, last 4 digits of your U.S. social security number and license number to the above mentioned e-mail id to get a duplicate certificate.

Verification of RN License

The applicants applying for RN license by endorsement are required to submit license verification to the Department of Public Health. The Connecticut State Board of Nursing provides the following options for this purpose:

  • Verification through NURSYS SystemThe following link provides online verification for all the employers and members of the public, who desire to verify Connecticut license.

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